"Peace on earth is easier said than done. It is not something that can be achieved overnight, or even in our lifetime. However, by raising our children gently, through teaching kindness and compassion, we bring the world one generation closer to peace" - Sujai Johnston
With the current weather conditions giving us plenty of opportunities to spend time indoors, we're focusing some of our reading on learning about our magical and mystical universe, with a keen interest in human space exploration and the composition of our solar system. Intricately woven within stories of planets and stars, we're also beginning to explore the beautiful concept of connectedness, and how we belong to something much bigger than what we 'know'.
While hopes of snow fill my heart with the dreamiest of dreams, there are plenty of other delights to be found in the cooler months: Crisp mornings that flush our cheeks pink and rosy, the deliciousness of sunshine breaking through the everpresent grey, hot chocolates after puddle-stomping and adevnteures through muddy parklands, thick scarves and beanies with bobbles atop, seeing a flash of red as tiny Robin's flitter from hedge to hedge. The Winter bookspresented here celebrate the quiet joy children are so adept at embracing.
One of the traditions I look forward to the most is bringing out our Christmas books on December first. This is the first sign Christmas is on it's way; before the mulled wine, mince pies and tree trimming. These are the books that, if I can help it, aren't read at any other time of the year, making their return to our shelf that much more magical. So, without further adieu, a selection of Christmas books we're reading this year...
This month we're all about dinosaurs! And, due to modern technological advancements, there's never been a better time to nurture our inner palaeontologists. Help your little one foster an enduring love for all things prehistoric by enjoying my selected titles.
Waiting for the first of September to unpack our Autumn books tested all my reserves of patience, but wait I did, and I've been relishing reading these to my son thus far. They also provide discussion points fore activities we can enjoy together during this most comforting of seasons.